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Teachers And PPS Reach Agreement, Avert Strike

Teachers and administrators in Portland Public Schools reached a conceptual agreement this Tuesday to avert a first-ever teachers’ strike in Oregon’s largest district.

Portland Association of Teachers and PPS leaders still have a few steps to go through before there’s a final contract.

Both sides say they’re close enough to cancel the strike scheduled for Thursday. That means district officials can restore three school days they had planned to cancel.

All sides are expressing relief.

Michael Tayvies learned the strike had been avoided as he dropped off his grandchildren at Vernon School in Northeast Portland. Tayvies says he was glad, but he chides negotiators for letting it get so close.

Tayvies said, “Don’t wait for the last minute - one week, or two weeks, then turn around and do - and hit that, because it’s making it hard on the kids. Kids depend on the school, really.”

No agreement details have been released. Teacher workloads, length of the school year and early retirement incentives had been sticking points.

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